Ottawa Symphony Orchestra
Cathedral Brass of Ottawa
Travis Mandel is Principal Trumpet of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Cathedral Brass & a member of the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces. Born and raised in the National Capital Region, he began the trumpet at age 14 in Le Centre d'excellence artistique of l'École secondaire publique De La Salle. He later pursued his studies at the University of Ottawa where he completed both his bachelor and masters degree under the tutelage of Eric Rupp. His desire to perfect his craft led him to the University of Montreal where he took selected courses in orchestral performance while studying with renowned trumpeter and pedagogue Manon Lafrance. In recent years, Travis has participated in a number of masterclasses and seminars, most notably at the Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale (2016 & 2017) where he had the opportunity to work with soloists Hakan Harderberger, Clément Saulnier & Marco Blaaw as well as a host of orchestral players including Thomas Stevens, James Thompson & Craig Morris.
Over his young career, Travis has appeared in concert with many orchestras in Eastern Canada, most notably with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre symphonique de Gatineau, l’Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil and l’Orchestre de la francophonie. He has played with a variety of military bands, but his proudest moments came as member of the Band of the Governor General's Foot Guards, a band he served with until 2016. His career highlights include playing for His Royal Highness Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, appearing on stage with jazz artist Diana Krall as well as performing solo works with the University of Ottawa Orchestra and the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Although Travis enjoys performing, he has a great passion for music education and thoroughly enjoys working with young musicians. In 2012, he returned to his roots accepting a position as a brass clinician at the newly renamed Centre d'excellence artistique de l'Ontario. He has also been teaching in a variety of other arts programs throughout the National Capital Region which include le Programme spécialisé en arts of l'École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges as well as Arts Canterbury. Travis takes great pride in his private studio that has enabled students to continue their studies in a large number of Canadian universities most notably at McGill University, the University of Western Ontario and the University of Ottawa.